It is nice to see one of Jackie Chan’s first films, New Fist of Fury, get re-released with an anamorphic widescreen transfer. Unfortunately, that is the only bonus to this disc.
“Jackie Chan (Rush Hour), the master of kung-fu and Chinese acrobatics, stars in this action- packed sequel to Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury. In one of his first leading roles, he displays the style that would make him an international superstar. During WWII in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Jacki… plays a young thief with no interest in Kung-Fu. His mind is changed when he can no longer stand to see his people losing their land and their lives at the hands of the cruel Japanese. He learns the Fist of Fury fighting style and begins a one-man battle of his own. Filled with great Kung Fu action, this patriotic drama is a must see for fans of Chan and Lee.” – Columbia-Tristar
This film is 25 years old, and even with a remastered 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtrack, it still sounds old. The surrounds are not noticeable at all, and the soundstage is bland. It is nice to see both the original Mandarin and English audio tracks included, but the sound is very lack-luster.
This video quality is quite hurt. Sure, this is an old film, but some more re-mastering should have been done on this print. The new widescreen transfer is much better then the basic full frame version included on the previous release of this DVD, but the grain and print damage is too distracting to really enjoy the film.
The only features included on this disc are 4 theatrical trailers for recent Columbia-Tristar films… that’s all folks.
This DVD is only for those die-hard Jackie Chan / Martial Arts fans. The quality is hurt, so the average DVD fan will not be overly impressed.
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